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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 23, 2020

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Charles City resolves to become a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’

By Andre Jones | December 24, 2019 12:22 pm

Charles City’s Board of Supervisors approved a resolution that declared the locality a “second amendment sanctuary.” The vote took place at Monday night’s regular board meeting in front of a capacity-filled room. The resolution is part of a movement that states that the county will back the United States Constitution’s right to bear arms and will oppose any restrictions that could be imposed by state legislature. The vote went in favor 2-0-1, with District 3 supervisor Floyd Miles Sr. abstaining. Discussion on the proposed legislature on restricting the right to bear arms is scheduled to take place in the upcoming…
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Charles City man, part of $112,000 robbery, enters guilty plea

By Andre Jones | December 20, 2019 4:50 pm

A Charles City man who partook of a $112,000 robbery with two brothers from Dinwiddie entered a guilty plea during Friday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Tyron Lorenza Allen, 33, of the 6200 block of Old Union Road, plead guilty to one count of robbery stemming from an Oct. 15, 2018 heist. Two additional charges of robbery, two charges of use of a firearm in a felony (second offense), and one charge each of use of a firearm in a felony (first offense), burglary, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon were all dropped as part…
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Charles City High School graduation date moved to June 13

By Andre Jones | December 17, 2019 9:31 pm

Charles City High School’s 2020 graduation date has been moved back one week. School board members unanimously approved to move the date from June 6 to June 13 due to a conflict with the VHSL Group 1A Track and Field Championship meet scheduled to be held that day. “With upwards of 20 seniors possibly participating in that meet, we didn’t want to take that opportunity from them,” superintendent of schools David Gaston commented. “We took this to the senior class and they unanimously supported the change to support their peers.” Parents were also notified about the potential change to the…
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Gaston to retire as superintendent of Charles City schools at conclusion of academic year

By Andre Jones | December 17, 2019 9:28 pm

Charles City superintendent of schools David Gaston announced that he will retire from the position effective June 30, 2020. Gaston made the announcement at Tuesday night’s regular school board meeting that will also see the departure of Helen Payne-Jones, Herbert Johnson, and Steve Fuhrmann as members. “Four years ago when I renegotiated my contract, the timing of this contract was such that it would coincide with my 30th year of service to students across the four divisions that I have cherished serving over that time,” Gaston said in his superintendent’s report. “This outgoing school board was the board that essentially…
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Chronicle returns to stores Dec. 27

By Community Member | December 17, 2019 12:38 pm

Due to the Christmas holiday, the next edition of the New Kent-Charles City Chronicle will appear in stores on Dec. 27. The Chronicle office will be open on Dec. 23 and close at noon on Dec. 24. The office will reopen at 12 p.m. on Dec. 26, with deadline being 5 p.m. on that date. The first edition of the Chronicle in 2020 will appear on newsstands on Jan. 3, 2020. The office will be open Dec. 27 and Dec. 30, and close at noon on Dec. 31. The office will reopen on Jan. 2, 2020 with regular business hours….
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Threatening officers result in convictions for Quinton man

By Andre Jones | December 17, 2019 2:37 am

A Quinton man who threatened officers with a shotgun after a heated argument was found guilty during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Eric Tremaine Williams Sr., 47, of the 1400 block of Quaker Road, was convicted on two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and a single count of misdemeanor obstruction of justice as part of the contested trial. One charge of brandishing a firearm was dropped. On March 3, New Kent Deputies Ethan Townsend, William Dyer, and Cole Thomas went to the residence of Eric Williams Jr. to serve him a warrant for his…
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Chesterfield man charged with homicide after New Kent woman dies from drug overdose

By Community Member | December 13, 2019 11:19 pm
Eric Marvin Laney

A Chesterfield man who allegedly provided a controlled substance to a New Kent woman has been charged with homicide. Eric Marvin Laney, 43, of the 9900 block of Jean Road, North Chesterfield, was arrested in relation to the death of Samantha Nicole Rigdon. According to a press release from New Kent Sheriff’s Office, on Jan. 28, Laney provided a controlled substance to Rigdon. According to a chief medical examiner, the cause of Rigdon’s death was determined to be the result of a narcotics overdose. Laney was transported to Henrico Jail East and is currently being held without bond. In addition…
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Despite presentation, questions loom about groundwater withdrawal for power plant in Charles City

By Robb Johnson | December 12, 2019 9:03 am

A Dec. 5 presentation on a request to withdraw groundwater for a proposed power plant in Charles City was met with little happiness from some citizens of the county. The informational session was part of a Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) presentation on the process of obtaining a groundwater withdrawal permit for the Chickahominy Power Plant scheduled to be built. Scott Kudlas, Director of Water Supply, spoke about physiographical provinces, with all of them having unique geology, rich soils, and water. He said the water that is proposed to be withdrawn by the power plant will come from a certain…
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Williamsburg man found guilty after trooper detects marijuana, discovers cocaine during fuel stop

By Andre Jones | December 9, 2019 3:24 pm

A Williamsburg man admitted guilt to possessing cocaine after Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Carlos Lamont Erskines, 39, of the 100 block of Winterset Pass, entered a guilty plea to the lone count of possession of cocaine as part of a plea agreement. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Nov. 14, 2018, a Virginia State Trooper was fueling up his patrol car at the A-Plus off exit 220 (West Point) when a black Infinity pulled next to his. When the driver exited the vehicle, an odor of marijuana emitted from the…
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Man sentenced to two years for stealing, scrapping car taken from Charles City

By Andre Jones | December 6, 2019 10:53 pm

A Glen Allen man will spend two years in jail after receiving formal sentencing in Charles City Circuit Court Monday morning. Chad Mann Shaffer-Shaw, 27, of the 11000 block of Dude Ranch Road, was sentenced to five years in jail with four years suspended on one count of obtaining money by false pretenses and five years in jail with four years suspended on a lone count of grand theft auto. He must also pay $900 in restitution. During an Oct. 4 contested trial, evidence depicted that Shaffer-Shaw had taken a car from the yard of the defendant and scrapped it…
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